A long time ago, before I had kids, one of the doctors I worked for said something that has stuck with me. He had four kids. Two boys, two girls. boy with runny nose He mentioned one day how he loved all his kids, BUT he loved his girls more… because they just smell better. Fast forward 15 years and 3 boys later and I think I might know what he is talking about. Boys are just gross! Not only are they gross, but they revel in their gross-ness. To keep my sanity as the only sweet-smellin’ girl in the house, I keep the washer going and the Lysol within reach. But it isn’t just about piles of sweaty clothes, wet towels on the floor and shoes that have a stink radius of 15 feet. It is about the boys’ full embrace of the gross lifestyle. Who needs clean laundry? Why NOT leave wet towels on the floor? Who CARES if I go to school with my hair not brushed? I am engaged in a war on personal hygiene! I recognized what I am up against the other night while bathing Rhett(5).   I noticed he was licking the snot coming out of his nose while sitting in the tub. Stop!   That is so gross.   I will wipe it with a washcloth. No!   I like it. Ewww!   It is dirty and germy and I want to wipe it with a cloth. No!   My nose is just above my mouth so I can drink it. Ewww!   It is dirty and germy and I want to wipe it with a cloth! Mom, I LIKE it. Ewww!   It is dirty and germy and I want to wipe it with a cloth!! I finally held him in one place long enough to wipe the dirty and germy mess snot located between his nose and mouth.   He tipped back his head, licked his lip and started screaming… GROSS Mommy!   You made me eat soap! Ya, soap is gross.

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  1. “GROSS Mommy! You made me eat soap! — Ya, soap is gross.”

    Love it! With a fourth boy due this month, I can SO relate!

  2. If my husband is any indication of this for my future, I’m in trouble. He smells good but he’s perfectly content to live in a mess.

  3. Yep, I’ve got one and one and discovered the same thing. My 8 year old daughter learned this past week that boys really are stinky. We were at McD’s and she came out of the play area looking disgusted. I asked her what was wrong and she said she didn’t want to go in the slide/tunnels anymore because it smelled bad if she followed the boys in there. 😉

  4. As a Mommy to 2 (almost 3) boys – I could not agree more. They sweat. They fight baths and hair and they pee on the floor. Ick.

  5. Interestingly enough my 3yo boy enjoys bath time more than his 6yo sister, and raises less complaint about it. He also does a better job of washing his body than she does. Yes, at 3. My husband and I are both kind of in shock about it.

    I’m guessing this is going to change at some point way too soon.

  6. I told my kids snot is nose poop, and it kind of is. AND boys stop being gross when they start liking girls…

  7. As a mom of five boys I second this!

    And boys, after they have been outside in the sunlight for like, oh, 5 seconds, they smell like wet dogs! Esp their hair!

    And last year, my oldest who was in 5th grade at the time, would not bring home his gym clothes for me to wash because he wanted to see how long he could go before they STUNK. True story.

    Let me just say, as the princess of the house, I am big on hygiene. They, on the otherhand, not so much.